why not bring your
partner or family with you?
- If you do not like to travel alone,
- if you do not like to leave your
family at home,
- if you want to share this trip with your family,
- if you want to combine this trip with a holiday trip,
- or for whatever other reason you or I can think of…
you bring your wife, partner or even the children, and she does/they do
not want to keep you company all day at "that boring bourse", there are
plenty of things for them to do as well. If the wife likes
shopping, then there are several possibilities. One of them is going to
Maastricht, where she will find plenty of shops in all price ranges… It
is a very enjoyable town. It is called "The Paris of the North"…. Why
not come and see for yourself why it is called that name?
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If you bring your children too, there are various ways for them to
spend time in a pleasant way. For the youngest ones there is a children's fun-park opposite
the road of the "Polfermolen". It is
called "De Valkenier". In this park children will find over a dozen
attractions and the entrance fee covers all. Easily accessible for
pushchairs and wheelchairs. With a restaurant and of course a souvenir
shop. It has the lowest entrance fee for such a fun attraction in the
country.Only open for summer season starting with Easter.
address: Koningswinkelstraat 53 - Valkenburg a/d Geul
Also in some "caves" in Valkenburg, there are various
attractions. Such as a mining museum and a Dinosaur attraction as well. See for details below....
Phone: **31-(0)43-601 2289 fax: **31-(0)43-601 2682
web-site: http://www.pretpark-de-valkenier.nl/ and e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
But due to the early season not all attractions may be open yet...
Sorry, I have no influence on that.
Right on the hill there is the ruins of the former castle, going up there you can have a great view over the area.. It once was the one and only castle on a high hill in the whole of the Netherlands... It offers demonstrations with birds of prey and offers cool beers and meals as well. The also well known Fluweelengrot (Velvet Cave) is nearby. Mural paintings, sculptures and even a chappel from WWII period. You can easily find all this: Grendelplein 13 in Valkenburg... near the medieval gate. www.kasteelvalkenburg.nl and www.fluweelengrot.nl.
Phone: **31-(0)43-609 0110m, Fax: **31-(0)43-609 0114
There is a spa right in Valkenburg, "Thermae 2000" , with a beauty farm.
See "Thermae 2000" for a sparkling 4 language web-site!
There is a Coal Mine Museum made into the hills... near the centre of town.
On the Daalhemerweg 31 - http://www.steenkolenmijn.nl
Also in the so-called "caves" there is the Gemeentegrot Valkenburg. Offering an interesting tour in a small train through the tunnels in the hill. Includes even an art gallery and remains of "caves" from Roman times. Nuclear shelter too!! On Cauberg 4 - Phone: **31-(0)43-601-2271
Those enjoying rides with steam powered historical trains... the Z.L.S.M. translated: The South Limburg Steamtrain Company... offers tours during the summer season from April till October. They track is between Schin op Geul and Kerkrade.. The Z.L.S.M. is based in Simpelveld. Address: Stationsstraat 20, and can be contacted via www.miljoenenlijn.nl
the evening you may choose to go to "Holland Casino" in Valkenburg.
click: "Vestigingen" and choose "Valkenburg" There is a button for English language.
around Valkenburg there are various attractions to visit. On foot, on
bike and by car. Various old castles, some in full glory, others as
ruins (like the one on top of the hill right in the middle of town..)
Here is a selection of activities outside of Valkenburg:
In Maastricht there is the famous Bonnefantenmuseum. Old masters and
contemporary art. Located on the banks of the river Maas and being one
of the most prominent landmarks because of its architecture.
Address: Avenue Céramique 250 - Maastricht
Phone: **31-(0)43-329 0190 fax: **31-(0)43-329 0199
web-site: http://www.bonnefanten.nl/ and e-mail: email@example.com
Also in Maastricht there is the Natural History Museum. Quite
interesting and where various aspects of past and now-a-days nature are
explained. A famous dinosaur skeleton was discovered in the region back
in 1770. The Mosasaurus hoffmani. Now in Paris. Recently another one
was discovered and is on display. In a special building, the Mosaleum.
Address: De Bosquetplein 7 - Maastricht
Phone: **31-(0)43-350 5490 fax: **31-(0)43-350 5475
web-site: http://www.nhmmaastricht.nl/ and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
In Maastricht there are also walking routes to make an interesting
tour and see lots of interesting things. One is on the East bank of the
river Maas, that part of town is called "Wyck". The other is at the
West bank of the river called "Maastricht". Both parts are connected by
the old Roman bridge. The brochures for these are issues of the Maastricht
Tourist info.Going in the other direction, there is the old and interesting city of Aachen in
Germany, just over the border and only some 30 minutes away. You can go
there by train via Heerlen e.g. Many nice shops too…Also you can visit the
zoo of the city of Aachen, the "Aachener Tierpark" Not a large zoo, but
a nice one for a break.
Address: Obere Driimbornstrasse 44 - Aachen - Germany
Phone: **49-(0)241-59385 fax: **49-(0)241-572696
web-site: http.www.aachener-tierpark.de/ and e-mail email@example.com
Really worth a visit is the theme-park "Mondo
Verde" (green world in Italian) in Landgraaf, not too far away
either. In the other direction however, Heerlen... A fantastic park.
Lots of flowers, plants and trees. Modern art. With a
lot of effort and success various buildings were made in various styles
of the world. Some famous architecture of the world was imitated
there."See the world in one day" is their slogan. If you like to relax
and see interesting things, go there.
Address: Groene Wereld 10 (Einsteinstraat) - Landgraaf
Phone: **31-(0)45-535 0161 fax: **31-(0)45-535 5017
web-site: http://www.wereldtuinenmondoverde.nl/ and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Not that long ago a new and modern zoo was opened nearby. Many animals being kept there according the lataest standard of zoo keeping. In Landgraaf (Kerkrade) this is, direction of Aachen. Called "GaiaPark The Dinodome will be open too. "Must be fun for the kids...
Address: Dentgenbachweg 105 - Landgraaf (Kerkrade)
Bring your skis! - If you love wintersports you can enjoy yourself
at "Snowworld Landgraaf". An all year round in-door snowslope with a
lot of fun available. It's also located in Landgraaf not too far away
from Valkenburg if you come with your car.."break-a-leg!"
Address: Paralellstraat 21 - Landgraaf
Phone: **31-(0)45-54 70 700 fax: **31-(0)45-54 70 777
web-site: http://www.snowworld.nl/ and e-mail: email@example.com
Close to Landgraaf there is an attraction of a totally different
kind. An industrial museum formerly called the "Industrion", now "Continium". Many aspects of
industrialisation over a period of appr. one and a half century can be
seen there. Lots of things to touch and do as well.
Address: Museumplein 2 - Kerkrade
Phone: **31-(0)45-567 08709 fax: **31-(0)45-546 3848
web-site: http://www.continium.nl/and e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
For those interested in real old history and architecture, there is the Roman Bath Museum, going 2000 years back in time! In the Thermenmuseum in Heerlen... "Coriovallum" is the Roman name for Heerlen. The museum is some 15 KM from Valkenburg and near the Landgraaf attractions as well.
If you want to visit an old castle surrounded by water, Hoensbroek Castle is the place to go. Not to far away from Valkenburg also.
"Kasteel Hoensbroek" as we call it, has aspects of the Middle Ages, the
Renaissance, Baroque and is ready for the 21st century too.
40 castle rooms tovisit, medieval tower, and lots of fun for the kids too.
(Unfortunately it is too small now for this papermoney event. In my
younger days I went there when coin fairs took place there.)
Address: Klinkertstraat 118 - Hoensbroek
Phone: **31-(0)45-522 7272 fax: **31-(0)45-521 1427
web-site: http://www.kasteelhoensbroek.nl/ and e-mail email@example.com
Going West over the border you can go to Hasselt in Belgium. In Hasselt -
in flemish Belgium, close to Maastricht and easy to get to by car, but
complicated to get to by public transport too however, there is the
National Jenever (Gin) Museum.. All about the famous Belgian gin.
Located in a very cosy small and old historic town too, also with a
nice old square and old streets. There is a flee-market too.
Address: Witte Nonnenstraat 19 - Hasselt- Belgium
Phone: **32-(0)11-241 144 fax: **32-(0)11-211 050
web-site: http://www.jenevermuseum.be/ and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Also in Hasselt - you will find the "Stedelijk Mode Museum" the
"Fashion Museum" about clothing and fashion over the ages... May be nice on a
rainy day or so.
For the thirsty ones ... there is a Winecastle, calling itself the "No1 Winery in the BeNeLux" (=Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg).. This is in the small town/village of Riemst, between Maastricht and Hasselt. Guided tours by appointment, wineshop...
In Maaseik - also in flemish Belgium, not too far from Valkenburg by car,
but complicated to get to by public transport however, there is the
Museactron. An interesting museum about the local history located in a
very cosy small and old historic town, with a nice old square and many
even cosier small restaurants and cafés mostly around that square..
Address: Lekkerstraat 5 - Maaseik- Belgium
Phone: **32-(0)89-566 890 fax: **32-(0)89-560 561
web-site: http://www.maaseik.be/ and e-mail under email@example.com
Liege - in french Belgium, south of the border this time, not to far
from Valkenburg by car, and also accesable by public transport, you
will find many old houses and streets. There are many activities.
Including a flee-market. You may contact the Touristbureau: firstname.lastname@example.org
Always check opening times before leaving for a chosen museum, park etc...
Some of them are not open all year...
I am not to be held responsible for the correctness of all info.
I do my best to give the correct info, but changes are always possible and are beyond my control.
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